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Ring Container Technologies Commits $500,000 to WRC

Ring Container Technologies Commits $500,000 to Wolf River Conservancy
Challenge grant will help deliver on organization’s conservation mission

Oakland, Tenn.-based Ring Container Technologies has structured a $500,000 Challenge Grant with the Wolf River Conservancy to help purchase and preserve pristine wetlands bordering Shelby and Fayette Counties in Tenn., with additional funds raised to support the organization’s mission of conservation. The major announcement was made at the Wolf River Conservancy’s annual fundraising event, the Greenway Soiree, on Saturday, September 26, at Opera Memphis.

The immediate goal of the Challenge Grant is to raise $150,000 in funds which will be matched by Ring Container Technologies to purchase a 215-acre tract of land in eastern Shelby County and western Fayette County. By securing this land, the Wolf River Conservancy will protect a 4,000-acre area of contiguous preserved wetlands.

“No other company in the state of Tennessee has made this level of investment into land conservation and preservation,” said Keith Cole, Executive Director of the Wolf River Conservancy. “We’re incredibly grateful to Ring Container Technologies for this generous and important donation.”

Ring Container Technologies is a major plastic bottle supplier with 17 highly-automated, highly-efficient manufacturing facilities across the United States, Canada and the U.K. The company works with international food processors and suppliers including Stratas Foods, Cargill, Hormel, Con-Agra and others to develop packaging solutions for products such as dressings, sauces and oils; peanut butter; mayonnaise; savory snacks and pet foods. In addition to its 17 manufacturing facilities, it also has three distribution centers and a corporate headquarters and research facility in Oakland, Tenn. Company-wide, it employs approximately 650 with 2015 projected sales of nearly $370 million.

“As a company we have an incredibly strong focus on sustainability and because the Wolf River flows near our headquarters and the homes of many of our team members, this partnership made complete sense,” said Ben Livingston, President of Ring Container Technologies. “Our wetlands and watershed are amazing assets for the Memphis region and protecting them should be a top priority.”

The Wolf River is a multi-faceted resource providing drinking water benefits, high quality wildlife habitat, top-notch recreation and historical and cultural connections throughout the region. The Conservancy has historically focused on saving the 100-year floodplain from being developed or converted to non-natural and destructive land uses, such as sand and gravel mines. This focus has helped the Conservancy protect some 15,000 acres over the past 30 years.

The Wolf River serves the Memphis region in four distinct ways:
• Flood/erosion control – floodplains and wetlands temporarily store floodwaters, helping to protect property, transportation and lives
• Water quality – wetlands hold water long enough for it to be absorbed into the underground aquifer from which we receive our drinking water
• Wildlife habitat – the Wolf River supports a variety of animals and waterfowl, including endangered species
• Low-impact recreation – provide scenic wilderness experiences for hikers, runners, sportsmen, cyclists and paddlers in our area

Earlier this summer, the Wolf River Conservancy was awarded land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and is currently one of only 317 land trusts from across the country. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. Becoming an accredited land trust illustrates the continued growth of the Wolf River Conservancy’s organizational capacity and the ability of the Conservancy to complete its mission of protecting the Wolf River watershed floodplains and wetlands.

About the Wolf River Conservancy
For more than 30 years, the Wolf River Conservancy has expanded its mission, staff, resources, and membership. It has helped to protect some 15,000 acres in the Wolf River corridor, including the beautiful Ghost River State Natural Area, launched the transformational Wolf River Greenway project, and connected thousands of people of all ages to the Wolf River through its education and recreation programs. Its vision includes the protection and enhancement of the entire Wolf River floodplain, from its origins at Baker’s Pond in North Mississippi to its confluence with the Mississippi River in Memphis, thereby providing a recreation and wildlife corridor of more than 90 miles while protecting critical aquifer recharge areas for public drinking water. In 2015, the Conservancy was awarded land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and is one of only 317 land trusts across the country. For more information, visit wolfriver.org

About Ring Container Technologies
Ring Container Technologies is a privately held, multinational corporation focused on finding sustainable solutions for the consumer packaging industry. Headquartered in Oakland, TN, the company began operations in 1968. Through steady growth we are now one of the largest plastic container manufacturers in North America. For more, visit www.ringcompanies.com


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Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at 12:01 PM